du, RTA sign MoU for digital twin for Dubai Metro

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du, RTA sign MoU for digital twin for Dubai Metro
du, RTA sign MoU for digital twin for Dubai Metro

du will collaborate with RTA to enhance its fixed and mobile services and deliver the digital twin solution in Dubai Metro and additional mixed reality technologies

To deliver the digital twin solution in Dubai Metro, du from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), has signed a MoU with Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) for fixed, ICT, special projects and long-term technical support at GITEX 2022.

du will collaborate with RTA to enhance its fixed and mobile services and deliver the digital twin solution in Dubai Metro and additional mixed reality technologies, as part of the agreement.

du is showcasing its next generation technologies such as 5G, IoT, AI, metaverse and robotics at GITEX 2022 under the theme ‘Powering governments, Shaping The Emirates Reality’. To demonstrate a generation-next approach to digital twinning in the age of the metaverse, du and RTA’s digital twin solution will leverage innovative telecommunications, IoT and extended reality technologies.

The agreement was signed by Mohammed Yousef Al Mudharreb, CEO, Corporate Technology Support Services Sector, RTA and Fahad Al Hassawi, Chief Executive Officer at du.

Initial phase to focus on Dubai Metro

With the initial phase of the project focusing on Dubai Metro, RTA and du will empower a fully embedded fixed mobile telecommunications system across Dubai’s transportation network. At the point of need for all key assets in Dubai’s transport network, the data-rich digital twin will be capable of supplying network operators with real-time analysis, predictive insights and maintenance information.

By utilising bespoke sensor equipment, the Digital Twin will detect faults, allow data to be read from any asset in the cloud and analysed in real-time. Physical assets such as escalators, screen doors and point machines can be monitored using the sensors connected directly to the private 5G network where faults and predicted data anomalies are detected in real-time using AI.

Speaking about the agreement, Mohammed Yousef Al Mudharreb, CEO, Corporate Technology Support Services Sector, RTA said, “The role of digital technologies is undergoing an accelerated transformation, from being a driver of efficiency to an enabler of innovation and positive transformation. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority is looking forward to further promoting innovation and improving communication techniques to make urban futurism a reality.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with du in this distinguished partnership that allows us to introduce innovations to refine commuter journeys and offer unparalleled opportunities for value creation in Dubai’s public transport sector.”

Meanwhile, Fahad Al Hassawi, Chief Executive Officer at du said, “du’s long-standing partnership with RTA prioritizes digital transformation initiatives given the potential for a significantly higher value to be created for the UAE. Our Digital Twin solution is more than a gateway to the metaverse, it also brings important social and environmental benefits by harnessing technology to improve the efficiency of public transport and helps to reduce energy consumption and emissions.”

du’s 5G Private Mobile Network by its low latency and high speeds has helped enable the application of the digital twin technology. Going forward du will also leverage 5G network to connect self-driving taxis as part of a partnership project with GM cruise.

To allow RTA to deliver a first-class, hassle-free experience, the telecom service provider will also implement digital twin technology in RTA warehouses and trains as well as offer data centre and cloud services.

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